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Cycling into war magic gluc that iuxt kccpx _\ou tip. makcx thc hikc “ant to xta_\

upright “th1 it ix moxing and it camc. Al‘tcr ~13 minutcx xhc \xax

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\\ ant xchool cithcr. 'l'hc} ha\c hccn hrcalxing rankx and

marching ottt ot' thc xchoolx \xith hanncrx that xa} ‘.\' () \V .-\ R'. and I thought I xau onc xa} ing ‘11 o m at h x'.

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cpiphan}: thcrc ix minor rc\olt againxt thc man u c clcctcd

joining an armx “in. It hcgan

to xccm almoxt ax it \x c tttitTot'

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don’t want marching allth mt- \xar. wt- ' do not xto i thc \iar. l’crha ix a war. Mind

that \Hitlltl on|_\ happcn il‘

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not light. that \xc \\Ullltl not

' I v ’7” haw amthing to do \iith uhat

\ ix hcing donc. And it happcnx.

lt hcginx. All thc hadgcx that

xa}' '.\'o Wat" arc non dctunct.

’l‘hcrc ix uar. that ix \\ll}' \x‘c arc hcrc. \xar happcnx.

'l‘hix war had to happcn: all thoxc troopx txcrc otit thcrc. it would hm c hccn xil|_\ not to.

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gradicntx and lrccuhcclcd into a ncu cra ol' tra\ cl. 'l’hcn \\ c \xcrc at war all again; Britain. ['5 and Iraq. ’l'hat liaraua} hixtor} c\cnl altcrcd in} ahilit} to cclchratc thc c_\ cling.

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